Feature stories

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    Chinatown Seniors Bring UBC Language Course to Life

    When learning a language, textbooks can only take you so far. Fortunately when UBC Prof. Qian Wang was seeking innovative ways to help third-year language students improve their Mandarin speaking skills, she didn’t have to look too far.
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    Keeping Research Connected to Community

    Alina McKay is passionate about making sure that research taking place in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside can engage and empower community members.
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    Seniors Step Up to Share Strengths

    You could have heard a pin drop. All conversation stopped as heads turned toward a small glass-walled meeting room where a petite senior citizen was staging a solo performance of traditional Chinese song. Fuqin Xu sang with the clear, strong voice of a woman half her age.
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    Community Learning Puts Potential to Work

    When Anna Ward signed up for summer field school at the Learning Exchange she had no idea it would turn out to be a highlight of her time at UBC. “It was one of the best decisions I‘ve made here,” says the 22 year-old Sociology Honours student. Last summer, as a third-year student, Anna enrolled in the Urban Ethnographic Field School (formerly IVEFS) organized by the UBC departments of Anthropology and Sociology. In six-week field school placements, students learn from and contribute to a variety of community organizations.
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    Zoning in to Learning

    If your heart is pumping like crazy and your brain is buzzing, you’re probably there. Outside your comfort zone. It’s a familiar feeling for Learning Exchange workshop participants where both patrons and students come together to discover something new. Human Diversity Fourth-year students Lena Yuen and Michelle Leong recently facilitated a workshop called “Deconstructing Cultural […]
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    Building Community Connections through Movies and Movement

    During the Winter months of 2012, two UBC students led activities on fill discussion and movement practice that were huge successes for both the participants and the leaders.